Some parts of the world have reached that time of year when the chilly weather starts to blow in with the falling leaves.
If you live in an area where it gets cold or snows during the winter, you’ll need to take some extra steps to prepare your home. Keep reading for the different ways to prepare your home for cold weather so that the new season doesn’t take you by surprise.
1. Inspect Your HVAC System
It’s the time of year to perform a routine inspection of your home’s heating and ventilation system. Hire a local contractor to look at the system to ensure there won’t be any issues during the winter.
Make sure you swap out your air filter before the wintry weather hits and before you’ll be stuck indoors for the season. You’ll be more comfortable knowing that your indoor air is clean and that you won’t have to worry about anything breaking down over the winter.
2. Clean Your Gutters
If you live in an area that expects snow throughout the winter, check your gutters and drainage now. This task will become nearly impossible once a thick layer of snow covers your roof. So make sure that your gutters are clear of leaves and other debris and that you have no runoff issues.
Water from melting snow needs proper drainage; otherwise, it can sink into your foundation and cause structural damage or mold problems. You might also want to schedule a cleaning for your chimney if you expect to use your fireplace.
3. Check for Mold Growth
Many homeowners mistakenly think mold is no longer a problem during the winter months. However, mold can grow anywhere with a temperature range between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The cold weather will prevent this outdoors. But inside homes—where the temperature is controlled in this range—mold can still be an issue. Check your home for mold, or hire a professional service if you suspect mold growth. Just remember to be careful when tackling DIY mold removal.
Before jumping right into the holiday season and all the excitement it brings, make sure your home is ready for the colder months. Follow these ways to prepare your home for cold weather, and you’ll be set for a cozy and comfortable winter season at home.